Mugs by Gaby:
So what’s my story…
I will be open and honest as i think we should all talk about our mental health!
6 years ago i was diagnosed with chronic depression, PTSD and anxiety from childhood trauma and the loss of a parent.
In a counselling session my therapist advised me to connect with my inner child… which is exactly what I did! I started to draw ditsy child like drawings with inspirational quotes and affirmations on that I would hang around my bedroom and that I would see everyday.
I believe it was the little things like this that got me through such a tough time…
Now I am feeling much better but I know there are so many other people that have mental health issues for various reasons…
….today I share my childlike drawings and affirmations on a range on products with people who need it. Hoping that they lift peoples spirits like they lifted mine.
OUR HAPPY TEA PROMISES
VEGAN – NOT ONLY ALL OUR TEAS ARE VEGAN-FRIENDLY BUT WE MAKE SURE OUR PACKAGING AND ADHESIVES ARE VEGAN TOO.
ETHICAL – ALL OUR TEAS ARE PART OF THE ETHICAL TEA PARTNERSHIP SCHEME.
HAPPY GROWERS, HAPPY DRINKERS.
ORGANIC – ALL OUR ORGANIC TEAS ARE CERTIFIED UNDER THE EU ORGANIC SCHEME: NO CHEMICAL FERTILISERS OR PLANTS PROTECTION PRODUCTS.
YUMMY – MOUTHWATERING PINEAPPLE, SWEET STRAWBERRIES, REFRESHING LIME, WARMING GINGER, COMFORTING CINNAMON…
HEALTHY – OUR TOTEMS ARE NOT JUST PRETTY FACES, THEY ARE ALSO PACKED WITH MANY HEALTH BENEFITS. FLAVONOIDS ANYONE?
HAPPY – COME RAIN OR SHINE, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A SMILE WAITING FOR YOU IN THE CUPBOARD. GO ON, HAVE A CUP! YOU DESERVE IT!
GREEN – FROM OUR MAILERS TO OUR PACKAGING, WE ONLY USE PLASTIC-FREE, BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS.
The Little Coffee Bag Company:
The Little Coffee Bag Co. was born out of my own desire to enjoy
a luxurious ground coffee without the usual trouble and mess left
Having been disappointed by what was already available, I decided
to create a product encapsulating what I was looking for. Following
a year of research, The Little Coffee Bag Company finally launched in
Harvey Nichols in January 2013 with three different blends.
The Little Coffee Bag is designed to produce a cafetière style coffee
made for one. Having worked closely with my coffee roaster, we now
offer four blends, each of which have been created with real dedication
to quality and I can say with honesty and pride that only the best
Arabica beans from around the world have been chosen.
Each coffee bag has been individually wrapped and is available to
purchase in a variety of impeccably stylish, beautifully designed gift
May the Thoughts
In 2008 I got depression. I did lots of things to get better and one of them was to write my own positive thoughts each day to help improve my mindset. Unfortunately, once I’d recovered from the depression I then developed Repetitive Strain Injury from my corporate office job, so I resigned to create a book of my thoughts to help others. I also illustrated it with fun cartoon characters and animals, and then sent it around some publishers. Disappointingly the book was turned down so I decided to self-publish it and sell it from a stall at Portobello Market in London instead.
To my delight, the response was completely overwhelming. Books literally flew off my table and I sold thousands of copies in a very short time. Even royalty and celebrities heard about the stall and came to buy books. About 6 months later a publisher offered me a global publishing deal. Now my book is available around the world, has been translated into lots of different languages and has sold tens of thousands of copies. My thoughts and illustrations also regularly feature in The Evening Standard and I’ve appeared on national tv and radio many times to talk about my journey through depression. And that’s not all, a film investment company love the story behind my book and are going to turn it into a movie!
It’s been a whirlwind journey so far. However, no matter what happens with the book, I always intend to sell it at my market stall. That’s because I really enjoy meeting my customers and also being part of the market community. When I’m not at the stall I spend a lot of my time giving talks on depression. I do this because I feel it helps spread awareness of mental health, and hopefully reduces the stigma attached to it.
So that’s my story so far. If you want to visit my market stall you can find out where it’s located and which days I trade by clicking the market stall tab above. To book me for a talk please email me via the contact page on this website.